Almost half of the UK regards the funding of the Conservative Party with suspicion compared to 33 per cent for the Labour Party, according to figures from YouGov.
In a survey published today, YouGov reports that 47 per cent of 1,620 adults quizzed on 12 February and 13 February described Tory funding as “dodgy and disreputable”.
In a survey for The Times’ Red Box political newsletter, respondents were asked to choose an answer reflecting the way they believe political parties gather money, choosing between “clean and acceptable”, “dodgy and disreputable”, “neither” or “don’t know”.
The survey showed a third viewed the Labour Party’s funding in a similarly poor light.
The results come after both parties have been put under the spotlight over a string of donors included on a list of 1,100 UK residents investigated by HMRC over suspected tax avoidance.
According to an investigation by the Guardian, the listed individuals include seven donors who have contributed a total of more than £5m to the Conservative Party.
Labour has also reportedly received cash and gifts in kind worth £500,000 from individuals on the list, as well as a loan for £2m.
The YouGov figures also reflect public distrust of both parties, with just 17 per cent describing Labour Party funding as clean, and 12 per cent opting for the same description of the Conservative Party.